REVIEW – THE LAST THING YOU SAID by Sara Biren

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SYNOPSIS

Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

Publication is planned for 2017.

*****Dee’s Review*****

4 ~ I Miss You ~ Stars****

(ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley)

The Last Thing You Said is a tender story about a girl who lost her best friend. About a friendship that no matter what will never end, and how grieving someone you lost is different for everybody involved.

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Lucy and Trixie have been best friends since kindergarten. They were always together, more than friends, they were soul mates. Lucy also happens to be in love with Trixie’s brother, Ben. The four of them; Trixie, Lucy, Ben and Lucy’s brother Clayton were always together. They grew up in a small town, with a big lake. Fishing and swimming were two things they always did. One day, that very same Lake they grew up in, is what took Trixie away.

Ben loses his mind after his sister dies. He’s dealing with a lot of guilt, and a lot of what if’s that haunt him every minute of every day, also making him rebel in anger against the whole world, including Lucy.

Lucy’s nickname was Lulu. Trixie gave her that name, and she and Ben were the only ones who used it, but now that Trixie is gone and Ben has pushed her out of his life she isn’t Lulu anymore.

Their pain is constant, both Ben and Lucy are totally lost without Trixie. They simply don’t know how to live without her, especially during that first summer since she’s gone. They still love each other deeply, but the guilt and the pain are too much for both of them to handle.

This story was just wonderful. Grieving is something people convey in many different ways, and is something we all experience. I thought this author did an amazing job in creating a story that was easy to get lost in. And unlike other stories I read when someone dies, this book wasn’t only about the sad moments and the pain, it had a lot of beauty in it, a lot of light.

I must confess that it did make me cry a bit because the friendship between these two girls got to me. Also, their parents were such a big part of the story. Everybody was dealing with the loss of this joyful girl, and everyone had reacted and learned something different from her death, including myself. I also smiled a lot, Lucy, Emily, and Hanna’s characters were completely delightful and I loved how much more depth they added to the story.

A beautiful book, that I would definitely recommend to everyone. Don’t be afraid of the subject matter of the book, because like I said before, it was done right. You will not drown in tears, your heart will feel light after reading it, and I promise that you will enjoy it.

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